For the past 15 years of her nursing career, Virginia has focused her work in palliative care - initially as a Hospital Macmillan CNS and most recently in St Luke’s Hospice as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and now as Assistant Director of Care and Quality.
Virginia received the Jill Rutter Award for her work on Assisted Dying. In 2016 Virginia won the Hospice UK ‘Innovation in Care’ award for her work on advanced liver disease. She has recently co-led the Shared Care Liver Project, which highlighted the improvement in quality of life for patients with advanced liver disease when referred to palliative care earlier. Virginia was awarded the runner up for ‘Liver Nurse of the Year’ in 2017.
Virginia is currently transferring the ‘shared care’ model to try and improve the quality of life for patients with advanced heart failure.